Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim has gone on the offensive, combating the allegations of child molestation against assistant coach Bernie Fine with multiple strongly worded statements on Thursday night. Boeheim released his own statement to the media, spoke to Pete Thamel of the New York Times, then used even stronger wording when speaking to ESPN, who originally reported the investigation.
In the statement, Boeheim calls the alleged victim a liar, saying the university investigated the claims in 2005 and never could corroborate them.
"He supplied four names to the university that would corroborate his story. None of them did ... there is only one side to this story. He is lying."
But Boeheim took it a step further, saying money was the motivation for the claims.
Boeheim added: "Why wouldn't he come to the police (first this time)? Why would he go to ESPN? What are people looking for here? I believe they are looking for money. I believe they saw what happened at Penn State and they are using ESPN to get money. That is what I believe. You want to put that on the air? Put that on the air."
For more on these developments, visit Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician.